P&P Live! Kathryn Ma — The Chinese Groove - with Dr. David W. Yang

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Monday, May 1, 2023 - 7:00pm

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In The Chinese Groove, eighteen-year-old Shelley, born into a much-despised branch of the Zheng family in Yunnan Province and living in the shadow of his widowed father’s grief, dreams of bigger things. Buoyed by an exuberant heart and his cousin Deng’s tall tales about the United States, Shelley heads to San Francisco to claim his destiny, confident that any hurdles will be easily overcome by the awesome powers of the “Chinese groove,” a belief in the unspoken bonds between countrymen that transcend time and borders.

Upon arrival, Shelley is dismayed to find that his “rich uncle” is in fact his unemployed second cousin once removed and that the grand guest room he’d envisioned is but a scratchy sofa. The indefinite stay he’d planned for? That has a firm two-week expiration date. Even worse, the loving family he hoped would embrace him is in shambles, shattered by a senseless tragedy that has cleaved the family in two. They want nothing to do with this youthful bounder who’s barged into their lives. Ever the optimist, Shelley concocts a plan to resuscitate his American dream by insinuating himself into the family. And, who knows, maybe he’ll even manage to bring them back together in the process.

Kathryn Ma is the author of the widely praised novel The Year She Left Us, which was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and an NPR “Great Read” of the year. Her short story collection, All That Work and Still No Boys, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and was named a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Discoveries Book. She is also a recipient of the David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction and has twice been named a San Francisco Public Library Laureate.

Ma will be in conversation with Dr. David W. Yang, Vice President for the Gandhi-King Global Academy at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. For four decades he has contributed to international support for peace, democracy and human rights. Previously he worked at the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations, and several NGOs. Dr. Yang has also promoted peacebuilding and the arts—including a puppet troupe of refugee children, cross-cultural theater projects with the Smithsonian Institution, and a partnership with The Moth on storytelling training for youth peacebuilders in conflict countries.

P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Fiction & Poetry
The Chinese Groove: A Novel By Kathryn Ma Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640095663
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Counterpoint - January 24th, 2023

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